The Principal Doctrine

To the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.
Romans 4:5
The Principal Doctrine
The issue here is nothing trivial for Paul: it is the principal doctrine of Christianity. When this is recognized and held before one’s eyes, everything else seems vile and worthless. For what is Peter? What is Paul? What is an angel from heaven? What is all creation in comparison with the doctrine of justification? Therefore if you see this threatened or endangered, do not be afraid to stand up against Peter or an angel from heaven. For this cannot be praised highly enough.

From Lectures on Galatians (1535) (Luther’s Works 26:106)

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